PolioPlus Global Eradication Campaign
PolioPlus, the most ambitious programme in Rotary’s history, is the volunteer arm of the global partnership dedicated to eradicating polio. For more than 30 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Rotarians have provided untold hundreds of thousands of hours of time and effort to the programme. Rotary, Rotarians and major benefactors like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have contributed over $1.3 billion. Governments have contributed over $10 billion to the programme.
Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognised worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal. Since the programme’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.
Over the years, Rotary clubs all over the world have conducted many fundraising activities.
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The global movement of people creates ongoing challenges to containing and preventing new infections of the wild virus. So, even when we reach the milestone of zero reported cases over a three year period anywhere in the world, the vaccination programme of new born children in high risk poor countries needs to continue to prevent re-infection. This means we need to continue our funding efforts for a few more years.
In addition to providing financial and volunteer support, Rotary works to urge support from other public and private sector partners. This includes the campaign to End Polio Now, inspired by the extraordinary challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge is the Rotary Foundation’s response to the two grants totalling US$355 million from the Gates Foundation to help eradicate polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus will be counted toward the US$200 million match, which was completed by February 2012. Clubs have been urged to make a pledge to assist meeting the Gates Challenge, in addition to their regular annual contributions to The Rotary Foundation.
Additionally, Rotary in New Zealand is working with National Public Health Authorities to raise awareness in the community of the importance of continuing the immunisation of children in New Zealand against the threat of poliomyelitis.
National Immunisation Days
Some countries, such as India have organised National Immunisation Days. Rotarians from all over the world frequently attend such events. Through experience, the presence of foreign visitors in advocacy and participation roles has been demonstrated to have a significant beneficial impact on refusers. Through this participation, the local Rotary, Rotaract and medical volunteers achieve a much higher success rate, particularly in the final stages of reaching the last few % of reluctant mothers of very young children and new-born babies.
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Polio National Immunisation Days

Over the years, in many countries, particularly those with large populations that had endemic polio prevalent, special National Immunisation Days were set up by the partners and local governments to target every child under 5 in a given geographic area or part of city in one or two days. Rotarians from other countries were were invited to attend because they  provided added impetus and support to the local leaders to reinforce the critical messages and need.
Our District has participated in two National Immunisation Days in India.
January 2009
Leader: Kevin Stratton [Hutt Valley]
Hosts: Rotary Club of TajMahal
City: Firozabad
45 km east of Agra, Firozabad is an industrial city of 100,000 people with some incredible slums of largely illiterate families, some with only very basic education. Firozabad had experienced some polio re-infections, so a repeat vaccination day had been widely advertised for some time to try and capture the last few % refusers. Our job was to help the city publicity effort the day before and then on the following two immunisation days encourage participation through house-house visits and help with vaccinations.
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Leader: Pat Waite [Tawa]
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